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When moving from a home with delineated spaces, an open floor plan can be a real challenge. Many homeowners have a plan in their mind of how it could work but in reality it falls short of looking finished. Each room serves a separate and distinct function but with no walls to divide the space, everything has to share a visual connection. Rhythm is the design principle we lean on to solve the puzzle of making it all work. In…

The Color and the Gray

I know that gray is a very popular color right now and many people are trying it on for size. For those of you who have, the realization that there are more than fifty shades of gray will become self-evident; when upon opening your door one day, you realize that the entire house and everything in it is a different shade of gray. Where did I go wrong, will be the question that nags at the back of your mind.

Be Our Guest

This is the time of year when everyone wants to be in Florida! The grandkids and family will be coming down to see you and escape the last chilly days of their northern abodes. Will you be ready? Have you always wanted to freshen the guest room but never knew how? Did you always think the challenge was too big? Guest rooms are easy to refresh and you don’t have to spend a lot of money.

Looking Up

When you stand in your kitchen what do you see when you look up? How do the kitchen cabinets look and are you satisfied with the décor up there? I am often found standing in the kitchen with my clients talking about how we will dress the top of the cabinets and how much is too much?

Lantana Lovely

“Were Moving!” the excited voice said on the other end of the line. “We went to an open house this weekend and we bought it!” I cannot tell you how often I hear these words. It is true that many Villagers move several times and for my clients it is always fun! I love seeing how all the furniture and finishing touches from the old house work in the new house.

Coffee and Two Nooks

The smell of coffee fills the air as the expresso maker presses each pod into a foamy aromatic soup. Each press of the button fills my white cup with more of this amazing elixir. I am never disappointed as I run a knife through the foamy peaks and a heart appears; it’s like I have my own expert barista making cappuccinos just for me on command. Of the many joys in life coffee, a good book, and little nook in…

Luxurious Lanai

Growing up in Florida meant being outdoors! During the nights of summer my parents had to make us come inside and get ready for bed. There has never been a time in my entire Florida life that I have been excited to turn the clocks back for fall; but springing forward creates a sense of excited anticipation to get back that precious outdoor time. Soft breezes will rustle us through the short month of February and March will bluster leaving…

Classic Updates

The best thing a homeowner can do for their home is to keep it updated! I am not talking so much about the decorative items and furniture of the home, though that is important. I am talking about the built in things that stay behind when the owner sells the property. Let’s take a peek into a two bedroom courtyard villa that has been updated through the years.

Florida Love

“Would you like a fleece blanket?” the first mate asked as she pulled a fluffy blanket from the stack that she was carrying around the ship. “Yes! Thank You! I said with excitement because I was shivering! We were sailing around the island for a sunset cruise on The Jolly Rover; a sailing ship with amazing sails. The wind was cold and the temperature had dipped into the bone chilling low sixties in Key West. I wrapped myself in the…

Sparkling New Year

“Will you be getting glitter on your toes?” I asked my niece as we sat down in the pedicure chairs. “Uh no, that is too much glitter” she said with a tone that implied that I should have known that. Continuing she said, “I am just getting snowflakes with gems on my big toes and one finger on each hand will have a touch of glitter. I want to sparkle but not too much.” She finished her statement and with…

Peaceful Retreat

As I entered the front door of Prana Spa, my favorite retreat in Key West; the world falls away and relaxation wraps me in a gentle and welcoming embrace. The walls are made of Dade county pine providing an earthy warm visual, that when combined with the aromas of essential oils prepare your mind for ninety minutes of complete bliss. I lay on the table already feeling like jelly and looked into the billowing fabric hanging from ceiling creating soft…
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